Mt Peel 13 - 14 October 2018

For me, this trip was a repeat of the Mt Peel trip Joy Schoeder, Wayne Thomas and I did in Dec 2012, although mid-October compared to early December is not exactly a ‘repeat’ when it comes to the conditions.

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Lake Kaniere Base Camp - 15-16 September 2018

John left Christchurch in the morning, Stan and crew departed mid-afternoon and Kerry’s carload managed to get away at 5:30pm. At Hokitika, the night car turned one street too early and got lost! Consulting a GPS phone put us right and we got onto Stafford Street, and arrived at the holiday house at 9:30pm to find the others happily installed.

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Duffy Creek, Victoria Range 22-23 September 2018

This two day round trip is described in Sven Brabyn’s 1995 tramping guide as short, albeit lots of bush bashing, with an easy final descent back to the road.

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Snow Caving Temple Basin - 22-23 September 2018

We drove straight to Gary and Margot’s bach at Arthurs Pass where we left the some gear, got into our tramping gear and shared out the party gear. There were a lot of cars at the Temple Basin parking areas and lots of mostly young people heading up the track.

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Mt Cheeseman – but not Mt Izard - Sunday 5 August 2018

The Cheeseman – Izard round trip in winter is usually scheduled for a 7.00am meet, walking by 8.35am from Texas Flat, say 12.30 to 1.00pm on top for lunch and hope to get around and down back to the flat before dark. Somehow the Footnotes description defaulted back to an 8.00am start, and I didn’t send out an email to change it. So today was always going to be a Mt Cheeseman only trip. No trouble. The forecast was good so an enjoyable day was in store.

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